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In the dead of night, a decrepit, unmarked motor yacht drifts into the medieval port of Vernazza, Italy.
 

The run-down vessel forms a jarring contrast to the pastel colored tower homes and terraced vineyards surrounding the natural harbor along the coast of Cinque Terra.
 

Less than 50 yards away, a man wakes up on board a small rowboat, covered in blood.
 

Lying next to him is a woman with two - execution style - bullet holes to her forehead.
 

In his right hand he holds a small suitcase. Tucked into his pocket is a Russian built Makarov semiautomatic handgun with two rounds missing.
 

The man asks himself one question: Who am I?
 

©2019 Christopher Cartwright (P)2019 Christopher Cartwright

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Great and yet again varied - always wanting more!

I really want to start this review with a spoiler. But I hate that so I'm stopping myself. I loved the start. I told myself I knew what was going on. I loved the way the story moved. I really tried to guess one of the questions in the book but didn't. It made me like it more. This one is very Jason Bourne ish. I loved it for it. I like the books anyway but this was cool. I'd love to be so well trained/skilled that I could pull off the thinking and actions that Sam does. I think he could based on everything we have seen so far. I also really like the way his friends have got his back because as we have seen in this series. He is always there for them. Another great book!! This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Who the h*'ll were those people?

A man wakes up with no idea of who he was, where he had come from, or why he was in a boat with a dead woman. But he had a small suitcase and a Russian handgun... This, the 17th Sam Reilly adventure thriller can be read as a standalone but is better if read in sequence as the characters are built upon from the beginning. And every book has terrific characters. This time, Sam has to struggle not only to survive but to find himself, not knowing who he can trust. David Gilmore continues to narrate: he has become Sam Reilly, his slightly gruff voice perfectly attuned to the nature of these stories, and he gives separate voice to all of the protagonists as well as conveying emotion to the text. My thanks to the rights holder of Ghost Ship who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. It's a fast action thriller adventure, visual and immaginative, and recommended to all who enjoy the genre.

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Ghost Ship

This is my first book by this author and narrator, and I think they are a perfect combination together. From the moment the story starts its action packed and when you get to meet Sam, you just know he's in trouble. With this being my first book in the series, I had no idea if Sam had anyone he could trust to get him out of the mess he had woken up in. But as with any good book like this the bad guys slowly emerge. The narration was spot on and it totally felt like Sam was telling the story.

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A non stop adventure.

This was my first Sam Riley book, a bit late to the party! It really was an interesting story told in a fast, dashing way. Although I was just meeting the characters for the first time and they had been through countless adventures before, it was ok as a stand-alone book. I’m sure there was a lot of history I didn’t know ,but it didn’t spoil the story. It was a real “James Bond, Type” of action thriller with the twist at the beginning. Suspension of disbelief is required when reading this genre. Do that and you’ll enjoy Ghost Ship.

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Great writing and narration

This book was so gripping I had to finish it within 24 hours. It was a well written story and well thought out plot with lots of twists. The narration was really good too. I enjoyed the narrators smooth, rich voice. I’d like to hear more read by him.

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Fantastic!

Ghost Ship by Christopher Cartwright is a standalone listen and part of a series. This book has non-stop action, vivid imagery, twists and turns, plus a great storyline. The character of Sam Reilly is endearing, captivating, and resourceful. I love how the author meshes history with fiction, uses real places for the background, and keeps me riveted to the book. The descriptions of St. Petersburg brought back memories from being there. I so enjoyed this book and thought David Gilmore was perfect bringing the characters to life with his voice. He inflects the right emotions and gives the characters distinguishable voices, so one knows exactly who is speaking. I requested this book and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. I can't wait to listen to Sam's next adventure in Brazil looking for El Dorado.

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Edge of the Seat Thriller.

This is my first Sam Reilly novel and certainly will not be my last. The action is non stop from the opening paragraph to the closing one. I spent a wonderful day listening to the excellently written and narrated thriller, it really was unputdownable. We are whisked from Italy to Russia to the Netherlands via foot, sea, train and plane. Sam Reilly is a very likeable but occasionally fallible character creating huge empathy between him and the listener.

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loved it, very exciting

I have read other Sam Reilly books and enjoyed them all but this was slightly different from the beginning. it had all the usual good bits but with an extra level of story which makes it one of my favourites... well done. As usual the narrator was excellent, always happy to listen to more from him. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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I like all of Christopher Cartwright all are 100% and this is one of his best

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  • Deedra
  • 03-05-20

Ghost Ship

Sam wakes up in a boat.He doesn't know who he is ,where he is or who is trying to kill him.It could be anyone.A very good book. Wonderful narration by David Gilmore. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • murphyfields
  • 30-04-20

Almost entirely different from the others

I have now finished the first 17 books in the series, and this one, Ghost Ship, is almost but not quite entirely different from any of the others. In this book, Sam is essentially on his own, so you get a chance to see how he gets into and out of trouble when he has nobody to lean on. I really enjoyed the action, but I felt that there was a lot going on behind the scenes...substantial back story that is just hinted at. There are even two women that seem to both have been The Love of Sam's Life...all introduced and glossed over The setup seemed to work this once, but I would not want this as a regular things. I like the friends and the teamwork that usually make up a Sam Reilly book. I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • B. Lane
  • 09-04-20

Number 17 With A Bullet

The 17th and one of the best of the Sam Reilly series. Sam wakes up in a boat, covered in blood, next to a dead woman. Sam doesn't know who he is or who the woman is or what's going on. He finds he has a Russian gun with two bullets shot. The one thing he does know is he'd better get the hell out of there quickly or he's dead! This was really intriguing as Sam tries to figure out who he is, as he gets flashes of memory back slowly. A woman who knows him helps him to find Tom and the rest of his crew, but of course he does not remember any of them. This gave a new and interesting take on Sam. He acted differently than normal because of the amnesia. Tom and the rest help him discover the truth. This time there is more action than history, so this is very different for the series, but made for a great listen! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Petro van Vuuren
  • 27-11-19

Amazing story

I received a free code to listen to this book and I did so willingly This book had quite a different turn of events and the intricate details made it seem like the characters came to life. I absolutely enjoyed it

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  • Kandice C.
  • 23-10-19

Very very good

I found this audiobook to be a very very good listen . It has a great combination of mystery, drama and suspense. The narrator does a perfect job of reading this book.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 29-08-19

So enjoyable, a very good suspense read

The Ghost Ship, my seventeenth read from author Christopher Cartwright & the seventeenth book in the highly entertaining Sam Reilly series. A well-written rollicking thriller with captivating & well-developed main characters, probably the best in the series to date. Reminds me of the writings of Steve Berry, Dan Brown & James Rollins with shades of Jason Bourne in this book. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • G C
  • 28-08-19

KEEP EM COMING!

I love this series! I'm glad the author continues to stay with the same narrator (David Gilmore). The author always do a good job with the characters. I hope this series never end and look forward to reading the next book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Shannon G
  • 05-08-19

A Different Sam Reilly

This is a different Sam Reilly story than previous ones, in a good way. I have thoroughly enjoyed the excellent writings of Christopher Cartwright. Sam Reilly is one of my all-time favorite characters. Generally there's a lot of history to go with the stories but this one not so much. There's plenty of action, adventure, twists and turns, suspense, mystery and murder. Oh, and amnesia! Put all that together and you have a really great listen! The narration was superbly done by David Gilmore. He really helps to bring the story to life and immerse the listener into Sam's world and adventure. Each character gets their own voices and emotions. Awesome listen!! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Rayc
  • 24-07-19

Another great Sam Reilly adventure

Ghost Ship. Another well written adventure story, which is what I expect from the author. Though it is different from previous books in the series. Narration is as always excellent. Great entertainment and a real page turner. I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • lisamcintire
  • 22-07-19

The Best Sam Reilly Yet!

Who am I and how did I get here? As a fan of Sam Reilly, this is by far the best novel to date. Amnesia, action, uncertainty, and betrayal make for a very gripping and suspenseful journey. Although each novel stands alone, this one stands out from all the rest and could be a great launching point if you have not read any others in the series. This novel is a slight departure from the previous novels with less history but much more action and suspense. A worthy read and addition to any collection. As usual, David Gilmore gives a solid performance as he breathes each character to life. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.